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Master of Arts Field Research Scholarships – 2020/2021


Application for the Master of Arts Field Research Scholarships – 2020/2021 is now open at the University of Nairobi and The Cooperative University of Kenya for all outstanding & needy Students in Kenya.

The University of Nairobi and The Cooperative University of Kenya are offering 3 Master of Arts field research scholarships for Kenyans students during the 2020/2021 academic year. The research scholarships will be offered through The GIVE Project (Gender Inclusive Vaccine Ecosystem: Enhancing Distribution and Delivery System for Newcastle Disease [ND] and Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia [CCPP] among smallholder farmers) which is supported by the International Development Research Center, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Global Affairs Canada. The duration of the program is three years and the scholarships will only cover the student’s fieldwork component.

Broadly, the GIVE Project aims to improve the access and utilization of Newcastle Disease vaccine and Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia [CCPP] vaccine among smallholder women farmers in Makueni County. The Goal of this project is to enhance the delivery systems and uptake for ND and CCPP vaccines among smallholder farmers. There are two key objectives: (1) Increase women’s participation in livestock vaccine distribution chain as primary users of the vaccines; and (2) Transform gender, social and cultural norms and practices to reduce barriers to women’s participation. While we invite proposals targeting the key objectives of the GIVE Project in general, in this call we would be more inclined to accept and review proposals: (1) that map actors who influence norms and practices which affect women’s engagement, or (2) which focus on gender and the impact of the current global pandemic on poultry smallholder farmers, or (3) on gender and the poultry vaccine value chain

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The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in Kenya. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.


Scholars are selected on the following criteria:

  1. Have a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology / Cooperative studies or related disciplines from a recognized University.
  2. Have completed the course work component of their studies and are at the stage of preparing their proposals for fieldwork.
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Successful applicants will be expected to conduct research that aims to fill gaps within the broader aims of the GIVE Project. They must undertake to complete studies within the year following the award of research scholarship so that their findings can feed into the project aims.


All interested applicants must submit the following documents to the Project PI, Prof. Salome Bukachi (Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies, University) [email:  salome.bukachi@uonbi.ac.ke], with a copy to Prof. Isaac K. Nyamongo (Cooperative Development, Research and Innovation, The Cooperative University of Kenya) [email: inyamongo@cuk.ac.ke] by 5 pm on 15th June  2020:

  • Application
  • A three (3) page description of the proposed research project targeting a component of the GIVE
  • Official academic transcript from the Institution(s) where the student received undergraduate studies.
  • Confirmation from the  Departmental  Head indicating that the student has completed coursework.
  • Current Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Three (3) letters of reference and one must be from a potential supervisor.
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